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How can I best prepare for a successful colonoscopy?

Gastroenterology Cancer Colorectal Surgery

My friends have told me that they either had to repeat the colonoscopy due to poor results, or that they had to go through the whole bowel prep again after being rejected on the scheduled date for the colonoscopy. I do not want to have to go through the whole procedure again, or repeat the bowel prep. May I know how to best prepare myself and my guts for a successful colonoscopy?

DOCTOR’S ANSWER (1)

If you have booked an advanced date for your colonoscopy, it would be ideal to keep to a low fibre diet 3 to 5 days prior to the date of your colonoscopy.  This reduces the fibrous debris in the colon and allows a better clean during the bowel preparation. 

Furthermore, the remnant stools, if any, would often be liquid, which can be sucked out by the colonoscope itself. 

It is important also to be compliant to the prescribed timing and the volume of the bowel preparation to take.  If you are unable to finish the preparation, or vomited the preparation out, please inform the staff prior to undergoing the procedure to avoid having a wasted procedure.

Read this to find out what happens during your colonoscopy in Singapore.


Dr Jason Lim
MBBS, MRCS (Ed), M Med(Surg), FRCS (Ed), FAMS

JASON LIM ENDOSCOPY & SURGERY (NOVENA)
38 IRRAWADDY ROAD
MOUNT ELIZABETH NOVENA SPECIALIST CENTRE
#05 - 49 Singapore 329563

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